Vancouver at Nashville

Kesler, Luongo lead surging Canucks past Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo helped knock the Nashville Predators out of the playoff race.

Kesler scored two goals and Luongo made 36 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory against the Predators on Monday.

Derek Roy, Jason Garrison, and Alex Burrows also scored for Vancouver, which has won five of its past six.

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Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Jannik Hansen each had a pair of assists.

Nick Spaling and Bobby Butler scored for the Predators, who have lost a franchise-high seven consecutive games. They have won only once in their past 11 games.

Monday's loss eliminated the Predators from postseason contention. Nashville had qualified for the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons.

"We still have to play hard," Nashville captain Shea Weber said. "It's obviously tough. We have to find a way to battle here in the last games and try to get some wins."

Before the singing of the national anthems, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Kesler gave the Canucks a quick lead at 1:34 of the opening period.

With the Canucks on a power play, Henrik Sedin slid a pass from the top of the left circle to Kesler in the high slot. From there, Kesler beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to the stick side with a wrist shot through traffic.

"I just shot through a screen there," Kesler said. "Great play by Hank and Danny to get me the puck and I found the back of the net."

Roy made it 2-0 for Vancouver lead three minutes later.

Former Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis' shot from the high slot was kicked aside by Rinne, but Roy was able to dive and backhand the puck by Rinne just inside the right post.

The assist extended Hamhuis' point-scoring streak to six games, a career high for the defenseman Nashville selected with the 12th pick in the 2001 draft.

Spaling cut the Predators' deficit to 2-1 at 1:34 of the second.

Sergei Kostitsyn had the puck behind the Vancouver net. His centering pass found Spaling alone in front, where he one-timed the puck by Luongo for his eighth goal of the season.

Butler tied the game at 2 at 11:40 of the second.

Carrying the puck down the right side, Butler cut toward the faceoff circle where he fired a wrist shot by Luongo on the far side.

"We got off to a slow start and dug ourselves a hole and we found a way to fight back," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "In the second period we responded really well, and you could see right to the end."

Vancouver regained the lead on Garrison's power-play goal at 17:02 of the second.

"We were good in the first, and then for whatever reason, our play slipped in the second until Henrik's line went out there and had a real strong shift," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "That enabled us to go on the power play and score a goal."

Burrows gave Vancouver a 4-2 lead 50 seconds into the third when he redirected Daniel Sedin's shot by Rinne.

"We have done that before when we were high and really don't have a great shot on net," Burrows said. "We were trying to get a wrist shot for a tip and I was able to get a stick on it and luckily it went in."

Kesler scored his second of the game at 15:53 of the third with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot.

Notes

  • Nashville D Kevin Klein missed his first game of the season with what Predators coach Barry Trotz called a "below the neck injury" at the morning skate. Mattias Ekholm, who played his first game with the Predators this season, replaced him in the lineup.
  • The Predators are 0-12-1 when trailing after the first period this season.
  • The Canucks have not allowed a power-play goal in their past six games.
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Vancouver's Derek Roy (left) and Roberto Luongo follow a loose puck. Luongo stops 36 of 38 shots to earn the victory.  (Getty Images)
Vancouver's Derek Roy (left) and Roberto Luongo follow a loose puck. Luongo stops 36 of 38 shots to earn the victory. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Vancouver  (24-12-6) «2125
Nashville (15-21-8)0202
Three Stars
R. Kesler
VAN


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Roy
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Sedin
VAN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:34Power Play - Ryan Kesler (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sedin, Sedin
04:34 - Derek Roy (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hamhuis, Hansen
2ND PERIOD
01:34 - Nick Spaling (8), Tip-In. Assist: Kostitsyn, Bang
11:40 - Bobby Butler (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bartley
17:02Power Play - Jason Garrison (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Raymond, Bieksa
3RD PERIOD
50.0 - Alex Burrows (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sedin, Sedin
15:53 - Ryan Kesler (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Roy, Hansen
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
50.0Beck, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice(bench)
05:23Clune, 5 min, Fighting
05:23Pinizzotto, 5 min, Fighting
06:08Smith, 2 min, High sticking
2ND PERIOD
16:56Gill, 2 min, Roughing
17:35Garrison, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
11:48Halischuk, 2 min, High sticking
16:47Kassian, 2 min, Roughing
16:47Weber, 2 min, Roughing
16:47Kassian, 2 min, Cross Check
16:47Alberts, 2 min, Roughing
16:47Kassian, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
16:47Alberts, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
16:47Rinne, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
16:47Weber, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
VAN910524
NSH9191038
 
Other Games
NJ 0 Final
Tor 2
Ott 0 PPD
Bos 0
Phi 7 Final
Mon 3
Dal 2 Final
Chi 5
Colu 4 Final
OT
Colo 3
Min 4 Final
Cal 3
SJ 4 Final
Pho 0